Owens’s Tim Decant is coming off a solid sophomore and final season at Owens, but he doesn’t have a home for next year.
The 2008 Lake graduate hit .392 this year for the Express while helping to lead the team to a 35-20 record. He also had a .476 on base percentage to go along with five home runs, 43 rbi’s and 19 stolen bases.
Decant worked to improve his hitting to the opposite field this season. While he hit .379 last year, he felt the need to get better.
“Anyone that has ever played with me or coached me can tell you that I pull the ball, but when it comes to driving the ball to the opposite field, that’s something I definitely need to work on.”
Therefore, Decant said that his hitting coach at Owens, Tom DeMarco, spent hours throwing with him in batting practice on balls on the outer part of the plate so he could get used to driving the ball to the opposite part of the field.
“It helped me individually with my swing and ultimately helped me to stay much more consistent at the plate.”
It was consistency that the right handed hitter focused on this year. He felt like he had too many slumps last year.
“Baseball is a funny game, and you can never be satisfied with your performance,” Decant said. “You always have to be working on something to make yourself better.”
Coincidentally, while Decant ended up being more consistent, Owens fell short of their goals this season as they stumbled to a 4-8 conference record and an early exit at regionals. While he called the 4-8 league record “completely unacceptable,” Decant found a positive note for the season.
“We ended up playing tough through our conference tournament (where Owens lost in the championship game), and earned a seed in the regional tournament,” he said. “I feel that this was a success because we as a team could have easily rolled over and let the season end, but we fought and battled back to make the season worth all our hard work.”
During the regional tournament, Decant went 5-11 with a home run, two doubles, five RBIs, five runs and two stolen bases. He was never caught on a stolen base attempt in his two years at Owens.
With all his stats and improvements, Decant still hasn’t found a place to continue his college baseball career.
“Baseball has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid,” he said. “I plan on continuing to play as long as someone gives me the opportunity. As of right now, I don’t have many options, but I look forward to this summer and hopefully somebody will give me a shot at playing on their team.”
Whether he finds a home or not, Decant said he enjoyed his career at Owens in part because he was part of a lethal back to back punch in the lineup hitting behind the third leading hitter in the country, Joe Engle, who hit .520 this season.
“Going to Owens, I feel was the best choice for me. I grew to love all my teammates, and to me we were more than just a team, we were like family,” Decant said. “We would always hang out together and do stuff, and we always were there for each other through everything. I’ll never forget the experience I had and everything that I learned just from playing the game.”